Available immediately through the dealer network, customers will be able to upgrade their existing 4.3 litre V8 engine to a more potent version of Aston Martin's power unit. With the addition of the power upgrade, peak power is raised by 20 bhp to 400 bhp and torque is increased by 10 Nm to 420 Nm, increasing top speed to 177 mph and delivering a slight improvement in the 0-60 mph time.
Developed by the Aston Martin engineering team, the power upgrade is realised through a revised induction system using technology previously introduced on the DBS. The induction system has a pair of switching airbox-valves that open at 5,500 rpm allowing additional air into the engine producing more power in a controlled manner. The engine's control unit has also been re-programmed with new software to optimise ignition timing. In addition the new calibration allows the engine to recognise higher octane fuels, further maximising performance.
The new Sports Pack option introduced on the new V8 Vantage earlier this year – now fitted to half of all V8 Vantages produced – 4.3 litre V8 Vantage customers can now alter the handling characteristics of their car, with the same package of dynamic enhancements. Developed with the enthusiast in mind, the Sports Pack comprises uprated springs and Bilstein dampers. Lightweight forged aluminium 5-spoke wheels help to reduce the unsprung mass further augmenting the precision handling of the V8 Vantage.
Both options are available through Aston Martin's global dealer network; customers should contact their local dealership for pricing and availability.Hamann tunes Aston Martin Vantage
26 September 2008